https://spectator.sme.sk/r/25/politics-and-society/atomSpectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectator1970-01-01T01:00:00ZSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.Petit Press, a.s.rss_contact_emailhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718446/infertility-in-men-is-increasing-with-those-in-their-40s-better-off-then-those-in-their-20s.htmlInfertility in men is increasing with those in their 40s better off then those in their 20s2017-12-14T07:11:33ZTreatment of infertility can cost tens, or even several thousand euros. Only part of the cost is covered by health insurance companies.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718462/police-start-criminal-prosecution-in-meciars-amnesties-case.htmlPolice start criminal prosecution in Mečiar’s amnesties case2017-12-14T06:13:00ZThe General Prosecutor’s office does not consider the case time-limited.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20718012/hygienists-confirmed-second-case-of-measles-in-bratislava.htmlHygienists confirmed second case of measles in Bratislava2017-12-13T13:49:24ZMeasles are very infectious, virus spreading through the air.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717119/google-helps-users-of-public-transport-in-bratislava.htmlGoogle helps users of public transport in Bratislava2017-12-13T11:31:25ZFollowing Žilina, Košice and Nitra, Bratislava now has routes and timetables for public transport on Google maps.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717589/parliamentary-speaker-andrej-danko-is-not-obliged-to-explain-russia-speech.htmlParliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko is not obliged to explain Russia speech2017-12-13T06:44:54ZHis decision on whether to explain his official address to the Slovak parliamentary committee is voluntarily.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717565/president-to-appoint-missing-constitutional-court-justices.htmlPresident to appoint missing Constitutional Court justices2017-12-13T06:07:01ZThe court will have its full complement of judges after three years.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20717070/windstorm-causes-closure-of-ski-resort.htmlWindstorm causes closure of ski resort2017-12-12T14:06:54ZWindstorms around Slovakia have continued, causing a lot of damage in the Jasná-Chopok ski resort and blackouts in areas of northern Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716746/president-kiska-calls-for-discussion-on-the-rights-of-same-sex-couples.htmlPresident Kiska calls for discussion on the rights of same-sex couples2017-12-11T23:02:04ZThe current legal system does not recognise same-sex couples in practical issues related to housing, health or inheritance.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716196/smer-congress-witnessed-criticism-but-applauds-it.htmlPM Fico before Smer congress: I don’t want to run for president2017-12-11T13:46:11ZAt the party congress, vice-chairman of the ruling party, Marek Maďarič, has been replaced by Richard Raši. Otherwise, no major changes have taken place.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716163/comprehensive-stock-taking-finds-missing-ammunition-and-grenades.htmlComprehensive stock-taking finds missing ammunition and grenades2017-12-11T13:33:50ZWeapons should be guarded by professionals but new security measures are only being implemented gradually.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20714764/how-we-drive-rare-wood-grouse-out-of-forests.htmlThe increasingly rare wood grouse is being driven out of Slovakia's forests2017-12-11T10:04:08ZForesters plant too many trees in bare areas destroying the natural habitat of western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20714100/kiska-must-select-constitutional-judges-but-he-has-run-out-of-options.htmlKiska must select constitutional judges but he has run out of options2017-12-11T09:56:06ZThe President has no deadline for appointing judges but the parliament could force him to make one through a lawsuit.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713811/culture-minister-resigns-from-post-as-deputy-chair-of-smer.htmlCulture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer2017-12-07T23:07:33ZHis replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713248/doctors-will-offer-specific-time-appointments.htmlDoctors will offer specific time appointments2017-12-07T12:24:23ZBut only on a voluntary basis.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713225/the-army-showcased-the-vehicles-it-plans-to-buy.htmlThe army showcases the vehicles it plans to buy2017-12-07T12:19:05ZThey were similar to the Finnish originals, observer pointed out.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20128113/frequently-asked-questions-studying-in-slovakia.htmlFrequently asked questions: Studying in Slovakia2017-12-07T01:24:06ZThe Slovak Spectator offers the basic information a foreigner needs to know about education possibilities in Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712942/kalinaks-property-portfolio-under-scrutiny-due-to-his-transactions-with-a-tax-fraud-suspect.htmlKaliňák’s property portfolio under scrutiny due to his transactions with a tax fraud suspect2017-12-07T00:08:46ZFollowing the order of the general prosecutor, the police will also check the property of ex-minister Ján Počiatek.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712918/comenius-university-ranks-among-the-best-schools-for-natural-sciences-according-to-round-university-ranking.htmlComenius University ranks among the best schools for natural sciences2017-12-06T23:40:10ZThe Round University Ranking gave the Bratislava-based university high ranking in other spheres as well.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712664/poland-pursues-communist-era-criminals-while-in-slovakia-this-is-allegedly-impossible.htmlPoland pursues communist-era criminals while in Slovakia this is allegedly impossible2017-12-06T22:24:58ZFormer interior minister of the communist-era Czechoslovakia, Lubomír Štrougal, is being prosecuted for dozens of killings on the country's borders.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712674/seven-homeless-people-have-perished-in-bratislava-already-this-winter.htmlSeven homeless people have perished in Bratislava already this winter2017-12-06T17:42:16ZNon-governmental organisations urge for actionhttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712375/constitutional-court-gave-right-to-judges-whom-president-kiska-refused-to-appoint.htmlConstitutional Court gave right to judges whom president Kiska refused to appoint2017-12-06T13:52:15ZKiska should act so that he appoints three out of a sufficient number of candidates for Constitutional Court judges.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712342/kalinak-survives-a-no-confidence-vote-remains-interior-minister.htmlKaliňák survives a no-confidence vote, remains interior minister2017-12-06T13:42:11ZOut of 128 MPs present in parliament, 53 voted to oust him, while 76 votes were necessary to recall him.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712034/coalition-solves-salary-dispute.htmlCoalition solves salary dispute2017-12-05T23:02:41ZMPs’ salaries will increase by €1, while the final solution to the problem will be introduced next year.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711562/businessman-lunter-has-taken-over-from-kotleba-in-banska-bystrica.htmlBusinessman Lunter has taken over from Kotleba in Banská Bystrica2017-12-05T13:44:40ZThe new regional governors took over their positions on December 4.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711529/slovak-celebrations-of-schengen-anniversary-to-cost-120000.htmlSlovak celebrations of Schengen anniversary to cost €120,0002017-12-05T13:36:43ZBy the time the opposition tries to recall Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák through a no-confidence vote, his ministry will organise a posh, overpriced celebration of Slovakia joining the Schengen Area.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710939/member-of-parliament-for-far-right-party-is-accused-of-defamation-of-race.htmlMP for far-right party is accused of defamation of race2017-12-04T22:41:01ZMilan Mazurek in a live radio broadcast accused the Roma, amongst other things, of draining the country’s social system.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711113/bratislava-department-of-foreigners-police-may-move-to-new-premises-in-early-2018.htmlBratislava department of Foreigners’ Police may move to new premises in early 20182017-12-04T21:37:14ZThe police are considering a booking system for applicants.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710573/authorities-did-not-approve-double-cross-logos-for-the-lsns.htmlAuthorities did not approve double cross logos for the extremists2017-12-04T13:11:21ZThe double cross, once the symbol of Fascist Hlinka’s Guard during the World War II, has been found to be extremist in a recent ruling.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710086/why-pm-fico-threatens-a-fall-of-cabinet.htmlWhy Fico is threatening the fall of the cabinet2017-12-04T10:49:08ZPrime Minister Robert Fico of Smer could respond to the vote on freezing salaries with a no-confidence vote in his cabinet.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708835/havels-speech-kunderas-death-and-zvolen-immigration-center-all-a-hoax.htmlHavel's speech, Kundera's death, and Zvolen immigration center all a hoax2017-12-01T20:37:57ZThese are the hoaxes that appeared on the internet in past three weeks.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708489/top-stories-from-last-week-in-slovakia.htmlTop stories from Last Week in Slovakia2017-12-01T09:30:06ZTraffic jams on the D1 highway will continue - Households will pay more for electricity - Bratislava ranks number one in Europe for creative peoplehttps://spectator.sme.sk/c/20708286/coalition-mps-will-support-salary-freeze.htmlCoalition MPs will support salary freeze2017-11-30T20:24:15ZAt the same time, the ruling parties are ready prepare new law concerning future hikes.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707786/snowing-has-paralysed-transport.htmlSnow has paralysed transport2017-11-30T13:43:25ZIt caused various problems across Slovakia.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707780/pm-threatens-the-governments-fall.htmlPM threatens the government’s fall2017-11-30T13:37:37ZRobert Fico wants to connect the vote on freezing salaries with a no-confidence vote in the government, but some MPs do not think the cabinet will fall.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707101/they-tamed-the-weather-slovak-meteorological-software-used-by-the-whole-world.htmlThey tamed the weather: Slovak meteorological software used by the whole world2017-11-29T23:30:46ZThe British air force, Australian government as well as US air force all use Slovak meteorological software. Bratislava-based design developers claim, nevertheless, that meteorology is in crisis.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707191/bratislava-faces-traffic-jams-the-rest-of-slovakia-snowfall-and-accidents.htmlBratislava faced traffic jams, the rest of Slovakia snowfall and accidents2017-11-29T22:42:10ZThe snow started falling resulting in traffic jams for Bratislava while roads around Slovakia, including highways, saw many accidents. Meteorologists issue a second-degree warning for Thursday.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707144/focus-poll-smer-and-coalition-decline-in-popularity-while-opposition-olano-has-improved-the-most.htmlSmer declines in popularity, opposition OĽaNO improves the most2017-11-29T22:31:43ZFocus agency poll shows decrease in popularity for the ruling coalition led by majority partner, Smer, and the extremists while also suggesting rising support for the opposition parties, mostly for OĽaNO.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706825/childrens-rights-expert-richardson-warns-against-new-rules-for-facebook.htmlChildren's rights expert Richardson warns against new rules for Facebook2017-11-29T14:24:00ZSocial networks in the EU will require parent's approval when registering children from 13 to 16-years-old.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706763/number-of-hepatitis-incidences-growing-in-slovakia.htmlNumber of hepatitis incidences growing in Slovakia2017-11-29T13:59:59ZPublic Health Authority warned of the increased occurrence of hepatitis in Slovakia and reminded people of the importance of washing hands and general hygiene.https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706608/interior-ministry-registers-new-political-party-progressive-slovakia.htmlInterior Ministry registers new political party: Progressive Slovakia2017-11-29T13:36:08ZThe new political movement claims it offers an alternative for people across the political scene, which lacks a progressive, liberal, pro-European force.